Planet China

Gaming or gaokao

Parents in China put an inordinate amount of effort into ensuring their kids do well in the nation’s college entrance exam (known locally as the gaokao). It turns out they do some odd deals to motivate their kids too. According to the Yangtze River Daily the mother of high-scoring student Wang Xilai offered to take over his computer gaming duties if he spent the year solely devoted to his studies instead. Wang was a daily devotee of Clash Royale, which requires players to play frequently to keep up their skills and status. His mum took on the task and actually became better at the game than her son, the newspaper reports, upping his trophy count on the Tencent-owned game. Now known by netizens as the ‘gaming mum’, she was equally delighted with Wang’s performance in his college examination. Wang, who attends a school in Hubei, scored 675 (the maximum score is 750) and he is now choosing between offers from top universities in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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